'''John Francis Anthony''' "'''Jaco'''" '''Pastorius III''' (, December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz
musician, composer, big band leader and electric bass player. He is best known for his work with Weather Report
from 1976 to 1981, as well as work with artists including Joni Mitchell
, Pat Metheny
, and his own solo projects.
As a musician, he developed an influential approach to bass playing that combined the use of complex harmony
with virtuosic technique. His signature approach employed Latin music (genre)|Latin
, lyrical solos on fretless bass
, bass Chord (music)|chords
, and innovative use of harmonic
s. He was inducted into the ''Down Beat
'' Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only seven bassists so honored (and the only electric bassist).